LCC staff graduate from Swinburne University
On 15 May ten staff from Lutheran Community Care in Alice Springs graduated with nationally recognised qualifications from Swinburne University. Their qualifications include Certificate III in Children's Services, Certificate IV in Community Services and Diploma of Community Services.
The graduates were Lachlan Thompson, Steve Axten, Rachael Swan, Maggie Gleeson, Diana Molano, Amy Collins, Rikkisha Collins, Lisa Lewis, Cleopas Chinyadza and Anne Lynch. They put in a great effort to study and also continue their work at Lutheran Community Care, sometimes travelling great distances to meet with clients in remote communities. Lutheran Community Care would like to thank the Swinburne University trainers for their support in assisting the staff to complete their training despite busy schedules.
'Through working together we have been able to help staff reach personal goals as well as build the competence and effectiveness of the team so that we can serve the community, ' said Director Helen Lockwood.
Lutheran Community Care in Alice Springs offers a range of services and supports to the Central Australian community. In Financial Services this support includes simple tips on budgeting and money management, prioritising bills, dealing with debt issues and making informed choices. Early Childhood Services provide a supportive learning environment for families of young children through the Kwatja Etatha Playgroup on the Lutheran Church grounds and the Mobile Playgroup that travels to communities around Alice Springs four days a week during the school term.
Lutheran Community Care has operated in Alice Springs for five years and the demand for its services has increased significantly in this time. In July 2013 they expanded the office premise to include the old Mission Block Store and the shop front site has also contributed to an increase in people accessing services.